The clean energy community and the U.S. veteran community are facing the opportunity of a century.
As we pause to observe Veteran’s Day 2013, a confluence of four factors is creating new opportunities for men and women in uniform. These include the growing personnel exit from the U.S. military; the drive, leadership and execution skills gained by veterans in operational deployments; national education and training support for veterans in the form of the post-9/11 GI Bill; and the growing workforce demands of the clean energy sector. Together, these factors have the potential to form a unique jobs pipeline from one workforce to another.
Many veterans have gained valuable leadership experience, discipline, problem-solving skills, and the ability to work as a member of a team while deployed in operations around the world -- particularly the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Whether conducting patrols, coordinating with local village leaders or helping build local infrastructure, the “get-it-done” skills of this particular group of veterans run deep. Companies value these skills, which also serve as the entrepreneurial foundation for many startup companies.
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